theme

Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to: navigation, search
See also: thème

English[edit]

Wikipedia has articles on:

Wikipedia

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /θim/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -iːm (for all senses; incorrectly used in some cases instead of the second pronunciation)
  • Rhymes: -iːmi (for the sense dealing with the Byzantine empire only)

Etymology[edit]

From Old French tesme (French: thème), from Latin thema, from Ancient Greek θέμα (théma), from τίθημι (tithemi, I put, place), reduplicative from Proto-Indo-European *dʰeh₁- (to put, place, do) (whence also English do).

Noun[edit]

theme (plural themes)

  1. A subject of a talk or an artistic piece; a topic.
  2. A recurring idea; a motif.
  3. (music) The main melody of a piece of music, especially one that is the source of variations.
  4. (computing, figuratively) The collection of color schemes, sounds, artwork etc., that "skin" an environment towards a particular motif.
  5. (grammar) The stem of a word
  6. (linguistics) thematic relation of a noun phrase to a verb
  7. (linguistics) Theta role in generative grammar and government and binding theory.
  8. (linguistics) Topic, what is being talked about, as opposed to rheme
  9. A regional unit of organisation in the Byzantine empire.

Related terms[edit]

Translations[edit]

The translations below need to be checked and inserted above into the appropriate translation tables, removing any numbers. Numbers do not necessarily match those in definitions. See instructions at Help:How to check translations.

Verb[edit]

theme (third-person singular simple present themes, present participle theming, simple past and past participle themed)

  1. (computing, transitive) To apply a theme to; to change the visual appearance and/or layout of (software).